Manny Pacquiao mentioned retirement after his Saturday night work, but after knocking down Timothy Bradley twice in his unanimous-decision victory, calling it quits seems like a premature choice.
Pacquiao, 11 months after his record-selling Floyd Mayweather Jr. loss, returned to form with heavy punches, overpowering Bradley to close their trilogy and cruise to triumph by scores of 116-110 from all three judges, Dave Moretti, Burt Clements and Steve Weisfeld.
In front of 14,665 at MGM Grand, Pacquiao (58-6-2) knocked down Coachella Valley's Bradley (33-2-1) in the seventh and ninth rounds.
Early in the round, Pacquiao pulled away saying Bradley hit him low. If that was the case, it was one of the few punches Bradley actually did any damage with. But Pacquiao was unhurt. The crowd started to get fired up as the fight ticked down to the end, even though the action didn’t match the crowd’s enthusiasm. Bradley actually started to connect on a few punches before Pacquiao started to retaliate in the final seconds. No doubt who won this fight. Time card: Pacquiao 10, Bradley 9. (Pacquiao 118, Bradley 107).
Pacquiao hurt Bradley at end, but Bradley did some good earlier work. I have it 116-110 Manny as it goes to judges
Bradley is trying to come back throwing a few rights, but Pacquiao is unaffected. Both fighters seems to be just counting down the minutes to a Pacquiao win. There was a brief left by Pacquiao followed by a right by Bradley but the round was mostly devoid of action. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Bradley 9. (Pacquiao 108, Bradley 98).
Pacquiao up on my card 107-100 as we go to 12th...could be closer by a couple points.
Pacquiao is showing the confidence of a fighter his stature. The action in the round slowed down, but Bradley is looking like a beaten fighter in this rubber match of the three bouts. Pacquiao is continuing to score with the lefts. After the round trainer Teddy Atlas seems resigned to the fact that the only way Bradley can win is by knockout. Pacquiao 10, Bradley 9. (Pacquiao 98, Bradley 90).
Pacquiao's lefts landed once too often in 10th...have Pacquiao up 97-91.
Bradley seems to be energized after the last round taking the fight to Pacquiao. But then Pacquiao, sensing a moment, hit a couple of hard lefts that knocked down Bradley. There was no question that Bradley will need a KO to win this fight. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Bradley 8. (Pacquiao 88, Bradley 81.)
Just when you thought Bradley was in trouble, he unleashed a fury against Pacquiao against the ropes that lasted for about 10 seconds late in the round. It showed that the fight may not be over and some in the crowd were chanting Bradley. Will it be enough, or is it too late? Times card: Bradley 10, Pacquiao 9. (Pacquiao 78, Bradley 73).
Pacquiao’s strategy of backing up Bradley and then taking a shot is clearly working. Bradley seems to be struggling to find a way to get to Pacquiao. The first knockdown of the fight came late in the round with a right hook combination. It was close to being a slip but was ruled a knockdown. Nonetheless, Bradley is in trouble with such a large deficit. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Bradley 8. (Pacquiao 69, Bradley 63).
Pacquiao seems to be taking control of the fight with several counter punch combinations. While none of the punches hurt Bradley, it was getting Pacquiao points that will be tougher to overcome for Bradley as the later rounds approach. Bradley needs to start making some inroads, or at least win another round, or he will see the fight slip away. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Bradley 9. (Pacquiao 59, Bradley 55.)
Pacquiao gets the sixth on my card. More power. 4-2 Pacquiao here...